New Zealand wing Hosea Gear's two late tries helped the Barbarians restore their tarnished reputation in a 39-29 victory over a youthful and enterprising England XV at Twickenham.

The engaging non-cap international turned on Gear's second-half scores, with Mamuka Gorgodze, Benson Stanley and Juan Martin Hernandez also crossing for the invitational outfit.

The Barbarians, for whom Donncha O'Callaghan started, were roundly criticised after last summer's lacklustre 40-12 England defeat, with Clive Woodward condemning their Lions clash a "waste of time".

However, there was not much to criticise about their performance on Sunday as Dean Ryan's men claimed the win.